A Berry, Health Beneficial Brunch

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Berry season is around the corner! Starting in June, your local farmers’ market will be brimming with the sweetest, juiciest berries you’ve laid eyes on all year. Berries have a long list of health benefits: rich in antioxidants, high in fiber, fights cancer, protects cells from damage, anti-aging properties, and much more. The dark blue color of blackberries gives them one of the highest antioxidant levels of all berries. They help tighten tissue leading to younger, fresher looking skin. So basically, your new beauty routine starts with a mouthwatering Blackberry and Fontina Grilled Cheese Sandwich. You need:

fontina grilled cheese

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1 loaf of multigrain bread, cut into 8 thick slice

12 oz. of fresh blackberries

12-15 fresh basil leaves, chopped

6-8 oz. of fontina cheese, sliced

2 tbsp. olive oil

Smash blackberries with a fork and stir in the chopped basil. Heat large grill pan over medium-low heat. Brush olive oil on the bottom of the bread slices. Assemble sandwiches by putting cheese on half of the bread slices, then topping with a few spoonfuls of smashed blackberries. Cover with remaining bread. Place sandwiches in pan. Let each side cook for 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat and dig in!

bramble cocktail

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Of course you’ll need something to wash down such a decadent, cheesy sandwich. We got you covered with this sweet and light Bramble Cocktail. You need:

1 1/2 oz. gin

3/4 oz. lemon juice

1/2 oz. simple syrup

3/4 crème de mûre

blackberries for garnish

Fill glass halfway with crushed ice. Add gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Stir well to combine. Top off with more crushed ice. Slowly add the crème de mûre, a blackberry-flavored liqueur. Garnish with fresh blackberries and serve!

pic 3 berry kabobs

Complete your brunch with fun berry kabobs. Strawberries are filled with biotin (helps grow strong hair and nails) and ellagic acid (maintains elasticity of skin to prevent sagging). Blueberries contain resveratrol (reduces damage from sun exposure) and gallic acid (neuro-protective agent). They also help reverse inflammation, the #1 of chronic disease in the world. This is one brunch that is sure to leave you glowing!